NYU Abu Dhabi Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NYU Abu Dhabi's dome is lit up in pink in support of breast cancer awareness month.

Press Release

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is lighting its campus pink in recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month to encourage breast cancer education and awareness.

Along with the pink lights, NYUAD kicked off a month long, student-led awareness campaign with a pink themed High Tea, bringing together survivors, doctors and other community members to hear from speakers including Dr. Margaret Blott, Chair of Obstetrics at Corniche Hospital, and Dr. Nadia Malik, Specialist Radiation Oncologist at Gulf International Cancer Center. Additional events planned for the month include Funny Girls Go Pink, an all-female stand-up comedy show; student participation in the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Pink Run; and a pink themed fitness challenge at NYUAD.

NYUAD student organizers of the Breast Cancer Awareness High Tea event, Hannah Taylor and Louise Claire Okatch, said: “As NYUAD students, we saw the High Tea as an incredible opportunity to bring together allies to the cause, furthering awareness and education."

NYUAD Assistant Director of Community Outreach Suparna Mathur said: “Turning the campus pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month signals our commitment to this global health movement and is intended to spark conversation and ignite people to take action on this critical issue. Along with increased awareness and education, our hope with this campaign is to compel women to think about self-checks, and for others to encourage their loved ones to do the same.”

According to the U.S. National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is the second leading cause of death among women.

Faculty, student, and postdoctoral researchers at NYUAD are taking a multidisciplinary approach to cancer research and education, working across disciplines such as biology and chemistry to study complex systems and seek solutions to this global challenge. For example, the Trabolsi Research Group led by Ali Trabolsi, NYUAD assistant professor of Chemistry, received a grant from the Al Jalila Foundation that will support two years of research on a system that may improve the effectiveness of a commonly used anti-cancer drug. 

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.